I am currently reading Sheryl Sandberg’s best-selling book, “Lean In.” While I’m not interested in (this time) getting into a politically charged debate about the book and the thoughts behind it, one line in particular stuck out to me. While Sheryl was giving a graduation speech to Barnard College women, she encouraged them to ask themselves: “what would I do if I weren’t afraid?” It made me think. What would I do if I wasn’t afraid? I decided to make a list of the things I’d do related to health and fitness:
- Train hard to be able to run a 2:15 half marathon (this would be a 5 minute PR from my best time — I ran a 2:20 in my first ever 1/2 marathon, 6 years ago).
- Commit to cross training 3x a week.
- Set time goals for each race I’m running.
- Run a sub 30 min 5k. The inspiration for this goal came from Lynda over at Hit the Road Jane.
- Begin running in the morning 2x a week.
I’m not sure why I’m afraid to set concrete running goals — I set goals in all other areas of my life. I think that it may be hard to step out on a ledge with the possibility that I might fail. However, that is not how I want to live. So, here I am setting goals that make me nervous and make me feel like I may not be able to meet. I realize that most of these goals would be easy peezy for a “serious” runner, but hey, that’s why they are my goals. I don’t think I’ll do a different set of goals each week, but I can start by setting a goal for the 10k I’m running on Sunday. Last year, I ran this 10k in 1:11. On Sunday, I want to run it in 1:05 or less.
What would you do if you weren’t afraid?